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Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month


W.C. McKern of the Milwaukee Public Museum viewing a large conical mound near Clam Lake in Burnett County in 1935 (Milwaukee Public Museum image #414367)

May is Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month, a nationwide opportunity to learn more about historic places and how we can preserve them. Wisconsin local historical societies, museums, public libraries and other institutions use this monthlong celebration to highlight the important role historic preservation plays in protecting our state's past. You can find many ways to celebrate the places that matter to communities across Wisconsin in our online calendar.

Intriguing and Informative Events Planned Statewide

  • Experience Archaeology Live! on April 30 at the Wisconsin Historical Society, where you can meet archaeologists, view artifacts and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Wisconsin's pioneering archaeologist and naturalist, Increase Lapham (1811-1875).
  • Visit the Chase Stone Barn in the town of Chase on May 1 to learn about the archaeology of an 1887 farmhouse.
  • Answer the question "Did Your House Come by Mail?" at a lecture on May 3 in Portage.
  • Learn how you can get 25-percent state income tax credits for historic house maintenance and restoration projects in De Pere on May 10.
  • Tour Northwestern Wisconsin Indian burial mounds in Rice Lake on May 22.
  • Get rare, hands-on experience at a historic window repair workshop in Green Bay on May 24.

These are just a few examples of the events posted in our calendar. For additional events and more details on the above-listed events, visit the Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month online calendar. If there is an event in your community that you would like to share, there is still time. To submit your Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month event online, you can use this form. You can also email your event details, call us at 608-264-6512, or write to us at the Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St, Madison, WI 53706.

Online Preservation Resources

You don't need an event to celebrate Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month in your community. You can use our Architecture and History Inventory and our database of Wisconsin properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places to learn more about historic places in your community. The Society's historic preservation program is always available to help you learn more about preserving Wisconsin's archaeological, architectural and historical legacy.

:: Posted April 28, 2011

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